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Your recreational trip to Srinagar won’t complete if you avoid enjoying a few side trips to the splendid countryside of Kashmir. The Switzerland of India, Kashmir is flooded with snow in winter and flowers in spring. Kashmir has no lack of pretty villages loaded with wooden houses with vivid rooftops all the way. You can arrange tour with the help of local houseboat or hotel owners. If your budget doesn’t allow, it is better to choose day trips in state-owned buses. To get started, you should choose these well-known tourist destinations in Kashmir.
Located about 2½ hours drive from Srinagar, the “Meadow of God” Sonamarg intersects on Srinagar-Ladakh Highway and is well-known for Thajiwas Glacier. The tourists climb up the glacier straight from the highway and return back within five hours. Instead, you can ride a pony or hire a taxi and walk from halfway, if you are running out of time. Several scenes have been shot in this place in Bollywood movies.
The “Meadow of Flowers”, Gulmarg is located just 2 hours of driving distance from Srinagar. You may visit here from the mid of December to mid of March if you are fond of skiing. Or you may take the highest cable car in the world, the Gondala Whisk to capture the panoramic view of Mount Apharwat.
The “Valley of Shepherds” Pahalgam is located just 3 hours drive away from Srinagar. It is located in the vicinity of departure point to Amarnath Yatra. So, don’t visit in the month of July because it would be very busy. Named after the blockbuster hit Bollywood film “Betaab”, the Betaab Valley is also located there. The entry fee to the valley costs Rs. 10 and entrance is regulated there. You can enjoy trout fishing, golfing, and river rafting in Pahalgam. If you love adventure, Pahalgam is your choice.
The Kargil’s sub-district, Zanskar is among the most untouched and remote places of Ladakh. It is one of the least gathered places in Kashmir. You can access Zanskar only from a frozen river while trekking. Due to the remoteness of Zanskar, the traditions and culture of the locals remained untouched. The lifestyle in this place is rich in culture and tradition and is very colorful. The locals live semi-nomadic lifestyle and they keep cattle. The largest town here is Padum with the smallest population of only 700 to 800 residents.
The evergreen valley is capped with brown, dry mountains on both sides and providing a distinct view at the outset. Leh gets a distinct feel and look with its cultural and geographical alienation. It is India’s one of coolest places. It is also known as the “Small Tibet” due to the religious and cultural influence of Tibet in the city. It looks like a little oasis in the mid of the desert. Its inhabitants are hospitable. The popularity of Leh among tourists is surprisingly increasing and it is considered as one of the budget-friendly destinations for holidaymaking in India.